A Guide to Medifast Essential Weight Loss Supplements

If you’re trying to lose weight there are a few essential and recommended supplements to help the process and improve your overall health. While people may know these supplements are good for you, not many people truly know how they work or what they do to assist with weight loss. We’re here to demystify the power of three key supplements for fat loss: Probiotics, Omega 3 and Vitamin B-12!

PROBIOTICS:

Question: What is a probiotic?

Answer: A probiotic is a live microorganism obtained from foods such as yogurt, kimchi and tempeh. The word “Probiotic” comes from the roots “pro,” meaning promoting, and “biotic,” which means life.

Question: What are the benefits of taking probiotics?

Answer: Probiotics work by converting fibers into short chain fats such as butyrate, acetate and propionate that feed the gut wall and activate metabolism. They also stimulate the immune system and prevent unwanted substances from leaking into the rest of the body. An “unbalanced” gut is linked to several diseases such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease and Alzheimer’s. Probiotics also aid digestion by combatting conditions such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn’s disease, and antibiotic-associated diarrhea.

Question: Do Probiotics help weight loss?

Answer: Yes! Certain probiotics may inhibit the absorption of dietary fat, which increases the amount of fat that gets excreted from the body and results in weight loss.

OMEGA-3 FISH OILS:

Question: What is an Omega-3 fish oil?

Answer: This oil is found in the fatty layers of cold-water fish such as salmon, trout and tuna. Omega-3 oils are also found in English walnuts and flaxseeds.

Question: What are the benefits of Omega-3 fish oils?

Answer: This supplement contains both docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), which are essential in the prevention and management of heart diseases. Omega-3s also promote healthy skin, hair, nails and bones while preventing liver disease, depression, anxiety and ADHD. Combined with exercise, fish oil supplements can promote weight loss while improving heart and metabolic health.

VITAMIN B12:

Question: What is vitamin B12?

Answer: Vitamin B12 is essential for proper function and development of the brain, nerves and blood cells.

Question: Why is vitamin B12 recommended?

Answer: Many people suffer from a vitamin B12 deficiency caused by a lack of animal food, excessive alcohol consumption, anemia or a lack of stomach acid in the elderly. B12 helps maintain energy levels, prevents memory loss, promotes the growth of healthy bacteria to aid in digestion, helps to produce red blood cells to prevent anemia, and prevents certain cancers by promoting the immune system.

Information via Megha Dua, RD.LD, Minnetonka Medifast Registered Dietitian.

At Medifast, we believe that success is more than just losing the weight, but learning to maintain a healthy lifestyle. During your initial Medifast consultation you learn all the ins and outs of the program from the weekly visits to the plethora of food options! Your consultant can also answer any questions about the supplements outlined above and how they can assist in your weight loss.

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Recipe: Baked Cinnamon Jicama “Apples”


3 (1 Cup) Servings | 1 Serving = 2 Greens, 2 Condiments, 1 Healthy Fat



INGREDIENTS

  • 3 Cups Jicama peeled and cubed or sliced thin
  • 3 Tbsp. Light Land O'Lakes butter with Canola Oil, melted
  • 1/4 tsp Apple Pie Spice
  • 1/4 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 3 packets Stevia
  • 1 Tbsp Walden Farms Caramel Syrup
  • 2 Tbsp Fat Free Reddi Whip

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. Line a cookie sheet or baking pan with non-stick foil.
  3. Mix jicama with melted butter in medium sized bowl.
  4. Add remaining ingredients and stir until combined.
  5. Pour on to foil lined pan.
  6. Cover with foil.
  7. Bake for 20 minutes.
  8. Uncover and bake an additional 15 minutes.

*The jicama will not get completely soft when baking. Expect a slight crisp center when eating.

Recipe: Spaghetti Squash Lasagna


1 Serving | 1 Lean, 3 Greens and 2 Condiments



INGREDIENTS

  • 3 oz. Jennie-O Sweet Italian Turkey Sausage
  • 1/4 Cup 2% Mozzarella Cheese, Shredded
  • 1/4 Cup Part-Skim Ricotta Cheese
  • 1/4 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 2 tsp Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1/2 tsp Dried Basil
  • 1 Cup Spaghetti Squash, Cooked
  • 1/4 Cup Rao's Marinara Sauce

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 375° F.
  2. Cut spaghetti squash in half, lengthwise & scrape out seeds with spoon.
  3. Place spaghetti squash cut side down on the baking sheet and bake for about 45 minutes or until squash is tender.
  4. Remove from oven and let cool.
  5. Using fork, scrape the flesh to get spaghetti-like strands.
  6. Measure out 1 Cup of squash and place on bottom of oven-safe container.
  7. Sprinkle garlic powder and basil on top of spaghetti squash, then drop small spoonful’s of ricotta on top.
  8. Remove the Italian sausage from their casings and place sausage in a medium sized skillet and cook over medium-high heat until cooked thoroughly.
  9. Drain fat.
  10. Measure out 3 ounces of cooked sausage using food scale.
  11. Sprinkle sausage on top of the ricotta, then add marinara on top of sausage.
  12. Add mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses.
  13. Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes or until heated thoroughly.

Three Tips for Making October Weight Loss Less Spooky

Don’t let the end of swimsuit season mean the end of striving to reach your weight loss goals! As we say goodbye to summer and wholeheartedly embrace the cooler temperatures of October, we are given the opportunity to recommit to our weight loss goals. Whether you are just starting your weight loss journey, continuing the quest to your goal weight, or maintaining a healthy lifestyle, take advantage of these tips to help you navigate the onset of holiday season.

1. October is essentially the beginning of a month-long Halloween celebration. Who doesn’t love hunkering down and watching scary movies while planning this year’s costume? Pro tip for scary movie marathons: consider switching out store-bought popcorn for a healthier alternative like Medifast Sea Salt Popcorn or Medifast Cheddar & Sour Cream Popcorn – take it one step further with Healthy Popcorn Balls. You can also combat the chilly nights ahead with a mug of Medifast Hot Cocoa!

2. If your Halloween traditions include trick-or-treating, consider purchasing fewer bags of candy to prevent overstocking and creating a risky situation. Donate leftover candy, and stay away from leaving an ever-tempting candy bowl out on the counter.

3. As the seasons change there are so many opportunities to stay active in Minnesota. Enjoy a day with the whole family at a local apple orchard such as Minnetonka Orchards in Minnetonka, Victoria Valley Orchard in St. Paul or Sekapp Orchard in Rochester. If your family loves carving jack-o-lanterns, spend the day picking pumpkins at Dehn’s Pumpkins in Dayton or Pampered Pumpkin CSA and Pumpkin Patch in Watertown. Looking for a good haunted house or spooky maze? Try the Trail of Terror in Shakopee or Scream Town in Chaska.

A new season is the perfect time for a change! If you’re looking to start a weight-loss program this fall, consider Medifast! With professional one-on-one support and an easy-to-follow customized plan, Medifast has helped thousands of people like you lose the weight and keep it off. Call 1-855-RESULTS or fill out this form to schedule a FREE consultation!

More information on how the Medifast program works: http://www.medifastmn.com/program.php

Recipe: Popcorn Balls


1 Serving | 1 Medifast Meal and 1 Medifast Snack


DIRECTIONS

1.  Heat the Caramel Crunch Bar in a microwave-safe bowl in the microwave for 15-20 seconds, or until warm. Break bar into small pieces.
2.  Prepare popcorn and crunch up popcorn inside the bag.
3.  Combine popcorn pieces with the warm bar.
4.  Roll mixture into balls of whatever size you like.
5.  Let set and cool for two to three minutes.
6.  Serve and enjoy!

Recipe: Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino


1 Serving | 1 Medifast Meal and 3 Condiments



INGREDIENTS

  • 3/4 Cup Cold Coffee
  • 1/2 Cup Unsweetened Cashew Milk
  • 1 Tbsp Pumpkin Puree
  • 1/4 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp Pumpkin Spice
  • 1 Tbsp Walden Farms Walnut Maple Syrup
  • 1 packet Medifast French Vanilla Shake

DIRECTIONS

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender.
  2. Add desired amount of ice and blend until smooth.
  3. ENJOY!

Healthy Fall Drink Recipes

Pumpkin Shake

Ingredients:

  • 1 Medifast Vanilla Shake
  • 1 tsp pumpkin spice
  • 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1/2 cup ice

Directions:

  • Pour ingredients into blender and mix until smooth.

Yields: 1 Serving

 

 

 Virgin Bloody Mary

 Ingredients:

  •  1 packet Medifast Tomato Basil Bisque or Cream of Tomato Soup
  •  8 oz. hot water
  •  Dash of pepper or hot sauce

Directions:

  1. Mix soup and hot water in a cup.
  2. Add pepper and/or hot sauce.
  3. Chill in refrigerator for 1-3 hours.
  4. Stir and garnish with lime wedge, celery stalk or pickle spear.

Yields: 1 Serving | 1 Medifast Meal, 1 Condiment, 1/2 Optional Snack

Recipe: Mushroom Stroganoff Over Mashed Potatoes


2 Servings | 1 Serving = 1 Medifast Meal, 3 Greens, 1 Healthy Fat and 3 Condiments.



INGREDIENTS

  • 1 tsp. Olive Oil
  • 3 cups Sliced baby bella mushrooms
  • 1 Clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. Balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp. Onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp. Paprika
  • 1/4 tsp. Salt
  • 1/4 tsp. Pepper
  • 1/2 cup Vegetable stock
  • 2 packets Medifast Sour Cream and Chive Mashed Potatoes
  • 2 tbsp. Sour cream
  • 1/2 tsp. Dried parsley
  • 1 tsp. Lemon juice

DIRECTIONS

  1. Place a large saucepan over medium-high heat.
  2. Add olive oil, swirl to coat pan.
  3. Saute the mushrooms with garlic, vinegar, onion powder, paprika, salt and pepper until tender.
  4. Pour in vegetable stock and bring to boil.
  5. Lower heat and simmer, partially covered, for 10 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, prepare the Medifast Sour Cream and Chive Mashed Potatoes as directed on the package.
  7. Remove mushroom mixture from heat, stir in the sour cream, parsley and lemon juice.
  8. Serve hot over mashed potatoes.

Recipe: Medifast Waffles


1 Serving | 1 Medifast Meal



INGREDIENTS

  • 1 packet Medifast Pancake (any flavor)
  • 1 oz. (1/8 cup) Egg Beaters
  • 1 tsp. Baking Powder

DIRECTIONS

  1. Spray waffle maker with cooking spray.
  2. Combine ingredients in a small mixing bowl.
  3. Pour mixture over hot waffle iron.
  4. Let cook until golden brown or as desired.

Recipe: Chicken Club Cauliflower Crust Pizza


Serves 4 | 1 Serving = 1 Leaner, 3 Greens, 1 Healthy Fat and 3 Condiments



INGREDIENTS

  • 1 Medium head of cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 1 Egg, beaten
  • 1/2 Cup Shredded, low-fat mozzarella cheese
  • 1 Tsp. Dried oregano
  • 2 Tbsp. Dry ranch dressing mix
  • 1/2 Cup Plain, low-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 Cup Regular cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 Cup Scallions, chopped
  • 6 Slices of turkey bacon
  • 1 Cup Shredded, low-fat cheddar cheese, divided
  • 8 oz. Cooked chicken breast, diced
  • 1 Cup Shredded lettuce
  • 1/2 Cup Diced tomatoes

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 425°.
  2. Place cauliflower florets in food processor and pulse until they become very fine rice-like pieces.
  3. Place cauliflower “rice” in a microwave-safe bowl, cook for 7-8 minutes, stopping midway to stir.
  4. Once cooled, transfer the “rice” to a cheesecloth or clean, thin dishtowel and squeeze out as much liquid as possible.
  5. In a large bowl, combine “rice”, egg, mozzarella and oregano until mixed.
  6. Press mixture out into pizza shape, about 1/3-inch to 1/2-inch think, onto baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  7. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until crust is firm and light brown.
  8. Meanwhile, combine ranch dressing mix, Greek yogurt, cream cheese and scallions.
  9. Cook turkey bacon according to package directions and chop into small pieces.
  10. Once crust is cooled, spread ranch mixture evenly onto crust.
  11. Top with half of the cheese, chicken, remaining cheese and bacon.
  12. Cook additional 5-7 minutes or until cheese is melted and crust is golden brown.
  13. Top with lettuce and tomatoes.